Safeway and Amber Foundation team up |

Safeway and Amber Foundation team up

Approximately every 41 seconds in the United States a child is reported missing to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. According to the California Department of Justice, in California alone, more than 88,000 children were reported missing last year. Because of these staggering statistics and its commitment to local communities, Safeway, Inc., has teamed up with The Amber Foundation for Missing Children to offer parents and others free fingerprint and photograph documents for Children at Safeway stores throughout Northern California.

The first of these events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at the Bijou Safeway Store, 1020 Johnson Blvd.

The program, titled “Protect Our Children,” provides families and communities with violence prevention and safety education and an opportunity for parents and guardians to have photographs and fingerprints of their children recorded on special computer generated documents. Two of these documents are provided for each child with the intention of one being retained by parents and guardians and the stored in the child’s permanent school record. By having these documents parents, guardians and schools can quickly provide law enforcement agencies with pertinent information in the event that a child becomes missing.

The Amber Foundation for Missing Children was founded in June 1988 and is the oldest all-volunteer 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation like it in the United States. It depends solely on donations for keeping programs like this in place. 100 percent of monies donated are used for programs related to the prevention, education and community response for the missing and exploited.

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